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As part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, $70 million was included for the HART light rail project “to help make up for lost tax revenue.” The project is about a decade behind schedule. (HART)

Report: $800MM More for Honolulu?

In a letter, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has called on U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and three other members of Hawaii’s federal delegation “to lobby for an additional $800 million for rail to help build the final four miles [of the city’s light rail line] from Middle Street to Ala Moana Center,” the Honolulu Civil Beat reported.

Biden’s FY22 Discretionary Budget Proposal Includes $25.6B for USDOT (Updated)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has submitted to Congress President Joe Biden’s $1.52 trillion discretionary funding request for Fiscal Year 2022, which includes $25.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

“In communities across the country, there is tremendous need for transportation projects that create high-quality jobs, improve safety, protect our environment and generate equitable economic opportunity for all Americans,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said. “With RAISE grants, we are making those needed investments in our communities’ future.”

USDOT: First TIGER, Then BUILD, Now RAISE – Grant Applications Welcome

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the RAISE program, providing $1 billion in FY 2021 discretionary grant funding for rail, transit, road and port infrastructure projects.

Railway Age’s April 2021 Digital Edition On Line

The April 2021 issue of Railway Age is now available digitally, with deep dives into Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern’s move to create the first USMCA Railroad as well as Amtrak’s 50th anniversary.

Reaction to Biden’s American Jobs Plan Mostly Positive

President Joe Biden has proposed a sweeping, eight-year, $2 trillion investment plan—a follow-on from his American Rescue Plan—that designates tens of billions for rail and public transportation, but also raises some taxes substantially to pay for it.